St Joseph Bay Gulf County Florida Kayaking

Dreaming of a Winter Vacation in Gulf County Florida

While it may be winter in Florida, a Gulf County Florida winter is definitely not the same as we have in Canada. With no snow, no cold, and only a relaxed way of life and warm weather, this is our wish list for visiting Gulf County Florida (GCFL), from the Dead Lakes to the Cape San Blas and Port St. Joe Marina.
Everglades Tortoise

Walk On The Wild Side: Discover The Everglades National Park

It seems that every year, we hear more bad news about the demise of the world's natural habitats. The words overpopulation, deforestation and extinction have become all too commonplace. We had a chance to explore the Everglades a couple of years ago, and came out of our experience with a deeper understanding of the diversity and importance of wetlands around the world.
Joe's Farm Grill

Joe’s Farm Grill in Arizona and The Always Fun Guy Fieri

Those not familiar with the show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives need to realize one thing about this Food Network staple: You're missing out.

There, I said it and I'm not taking it back. If you have a mad love for greasy spoon restaurants and funky down home style cooking then I think this American style food show is a great place to start.

There was a stretch of time when it seemed that late at night, when nothing was on TV and we weren't quite ready for bed, the always fun Guy Fieri with his spiky, bleached blond hair and trademark sunglasses perched backwards on his head greeted us from the comfort of his convertible. We knew there was going to be some footage of good home style eating on its way.

It's because of Triple D's recommendation that we stopped to eat at Joe's Farm Grill just outside of Phoenix, Arizona and let me tell you, the place was...

San Antonio River Walk

Checking out the River Walk and The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

What does a young boy from the middle of the Canadian prairies know about an American city deep in the heart of Texas? Well, the first thing he learns is that the 30+ hour drive from his home in Manitoba is a long time to spend in the backseat of a car with his two siblings. The second thing he learns is that, surprisingly, San Antonio has two places he's heard a bit about.

The Alamo, famed for Davy Crockett, James Bowie and William Travis' last stand during the Texas Revolution is firmly planted in the center of San Antonio. To those of you not from the States, this might not mean much to you. For me, at the time it was history come alive. Of course, my history related more to the Davy Crockett miniseries that I had watched less than a month before on the Sunday night Disney hour than what really happened. Regardless, it was a place I knew and was excited to see.

The other place that I had heard of was...

Snorkelling at Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

Snorkeling and the Beach at Hanauma Bay in Oahu

A few months back, we had the pleasure of spending time in the Hawaiian Islands with some friends. It was a hectic and fun vacation that ended much sooner than we would have liked. The day after our epic road trip around the island of Oahu, we finally got the chance to don our masks and snorkels and check out Oahu's premiere snorkelling destination, gorgeous Hanauma Bay. With the wind in our hair and the sun overhead, we buckled the kids in tight and drove our convertible Jeep the short trip from busy Waikiki to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

At the suggestion of our hotel's tour desk, we arrived at the park around 8:30 a.m. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve only...